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Guidelines finalized for aid distribution

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The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and international aid agencies have set guidelines for the distribution of relief goods to civilians displaced by the conflict between the military and the Moro rebels in Maguindanao province, officials confirmed yesterday, following reports that the aid is being sold to commercial traders. As this developed, ARMM officials and representatives of the World Food Program (WFP) failed to start its probe on Monday on confiscated rice intended for the evacuees but allegedly landed in the hands of a private rice trader.